With its holy buildings and major artworks, the Via Sacra (Sacred Road) has been connecting people, regions and countries for centuries. It crosses political divides and helps to transcend personal boundaries. This is a new route in an ancient cultural area.
The spiritual pilgrimage route was once a place of penance. Today, it is used primarily for reflection. It serves as a journey to find yourself. This is particularly evident in the tripoint of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, where sacredness is the soul of the cultural area, as is clear to see on the Via Sacra.
The approx. 550 km route runs through Upper Lusatia, Lower Silesia and North Bohemia. It is a region that seemed to have been forgotten for a long time, with unique works of art, including the Big and Little Lenten Altar Cloths – fabrics immortalising scenes from the bible – at the beginning of the route in Zittau. Sacredness defines the route in general, for example in Cunewalde, home to Germany's largest Evangelical village church. Or in Bautzen with the Cathedral of St. Peter and its treasury – an unmissable sight for visitors. The Holy Sepulchre, Stations of the Cross and St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Görlitz are all inspired by the holy sites in Jerusalem, where the Via Sacra ends. The "Sacred Road" takes hikers in the region to Jawor, Poland and its timber-framed Church of Peace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Vang stave church in the Karkonosze mountains in Karpacz, the former Franciscan monastery and pilgrimage church in Hejnice in the Czech Republic and the Loreto Chapel in Rumburk – all of which are islands on the path to self-discovery. And at some point along the route, faith and boundaries lose all sense of meaning.
Total length of route: approx. 550 km/16 stops
Total length of the route in Germany: approx. 180 km/8 stops
Pilgrim hostels along the route?: Yes
Overall route ends: Jablonné v Podještědí
German route ends: Görlitz
Arrival options: change at Dresden Central Station for regional trains to Zittau
Departure options: Zittau/Görlitz
About the route: route can be broken down into smaller sections, open all year round
For more details on the stops and a brochure to download, as well as accommodation, general information and a brochure on group travel packages to church institutions (in German), visit:
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